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    Revisions, Freshening Up, Pruning: Your Resume Needs a Little TLC

Revisions, Freshening Up, Pruning: Your Resume Needs a Little TLC

How long has it been since your resume has been updated? Chances are, like many things in life, it needs a little attention and some freshening up. We are a people of checklists and priorities, and once something has been filed under the “completed” tab we often let it go from our minds. Time to move on to that which is more pressing, whatever else we think is more important and worthy of our time and effort.

 

Your resume, however, should never be left to collect dust on the proverbial shelf. There needs to be a process of polishing and grooming. Some say to revisit your resume as often as every few months to determine any necessary revisions, more or less often depending on what stage of the job search you are in.

 

One important area to consider when updating your resume is the list of any changes that may have occurred within your life, both personally and professionally, in the last year. Your resume needs to reflect the most current version of yourself. Have you recently moved? Graduated? Been promoted? Received certifications? Become more involved in your community? Answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions deems a necessary revision of your resume.

 

Your resume will be seen and considered by the hiring manager often before you ever walk through the door. In the competitive job market of today, you want this representation of yourself to be as impressive as possible. That said, it is worth taking the time to offer your resume some of the TLC that you give to so many other pieces of your life.

 

Platinum Resumes gives our clients a 100% satisfaction guarantee in this department. Although we are extremely confident in our work, we will make revisions to your resume, free of charge, if you have not landed the interviews you were hoping for within the first 12 weeks. So, whether it is your own hands doing the pruning or our company just fulfilling its promise, make sure that keeping an updated resume is high on your priority list!

May 29th, 2015|Blog|

Interview Attire: Your ONLY Chance at a First Impression

Regardless if you have been the one who’s waited until the night before to throw something together or have already been thinking through your outfit for a week prior, the decision still awaits you. What to wear? It’s a question that we all ask ourselves every day, for every occasion. But, a question that carries a lot of weight when preparing for a job interview.

 

Knowing what to wear is half the battle of the interview itself. Whether or not you look professional or sloppy could play a huge role in determining if the hiring manager sees you as suitable for the position at hand. Why take a chance at ruining your only first impression? Why look anything but your professional best?

 

Platinum Resumes is here to offer our services in preparing you for your dream job in many ways.  We can make you look phenomenal on paper, do wonders for your LinkedIn profile, and guide you through the preparations for interview questions and so forth.  We cannot, however, come into your home and dress you for your interview. That ball is in your court! But, despite our limited help in dressing you for the big day, we can offer some super helpful tips to bring you success.

 

Know the Company Culture – As a prospective employee, you want to either match or exceed the general appearance and dress code of those that are already working in the office. Experts in this field will admit that there are circumstances where business casual attire is deemed appropriate for a job interview, particularly for a creative position, but for the most part both men and women job seekers should wear some form of a suit.

 

Beat the Heat – With summer upon us, many people consider it time to rethink their wardrobe for job interviews. However, most company’s dress codes will not change with the weather, and you do not want to appear subpar for your first impression. In order to stick with your professional attire and not melt in the process, there are a few things you can do in transit. Take off one article of clothing, keeping perspiration to a minimum and preventing you from appearing flushed and overheated. You may take off your jacket as you travel, but make sure you put it back on when you enter the building where you’re interviewing. Also, allow yourself some cool-down time. When the temperatures are high, you probably want to give yourself at least 15 minutes to catch your breath and freshen up between your arrival and the actual time of the interview.

 

Be Comfortable but Smart  – Do not try to squeeze yourself into that outfit that is two sizes too small, leaving you breathless and in pain throughout the job interview. You need to be free to think and respond without having to worry with how your clothes feel (too tight, too itchy, too revealing, etc.). You want to avoid loud and flashy prints and accessories, strong perfume or cologne, and anything else that might distract the hiring manager or office staff from seeing you as a very promising candidate.

 

Remember these few things, dress with class….and your first impression will not be quickly forgotten!

 

 

Further reading:

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/how-dress-your-job-interview/

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/06/20/its-hot-outside-what-to-wear-to-interview/

http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/what-to-wear-summer-job-interviews

May 22nd, 2015|Blog|

A Job-Seeker’s Homework: “Find the Business Pain”

Research. Homework. Hours spent pouring over statistical facts and opinions. Each of us engages in this kind of activity when we take interest in something. We want to know more and develop a greater understanding of that which is foreign to us.

 

Just as we would engage in this behavior when taking on a new hobby or sport, the same goes for those who are seeking a new job or change in career path.  The hunt is on! And if you want to become proficient in your efforts, then you have to spend time gaining a better understanding of not only yourself but also the company from which you are seeking employment. You make a mental note of all the things that you ‘need’ from your potential employer (adequate pay, fair treatment, respect, etc.). But, have you stopped to consider what your hiring manager needs from you? Like, legitimately needs… beyond mere punctuality and general performance of duties. Why is the company hiring to begin with? There is something that is currently lacking, a void that needs to be filled and is causing someone a great deal of painful aggravation in the meantime.

 

The idea of business pain has existed for many years but has only more recently become a necessary piece of homework to consider for the job seeker. When you understand the value you can contribute to your potential employer, then you become better able to negotiate and purpose how your valued experience can be of use. Their struggle is real. The growth pains that the business may be experiencing are putting the hiring manager in a daily bind and more pressed to fill the position with a capable and efficient employee. “By the time a tight-fisted CFO or division controller give a manager the green light to make a new hire, the manager is dying for help.” In the midst of this pain that the hiring manager finds himself or herself in, you can be ready to jump in and offer real solutions. Solutions that are well-developed and have proven helpful in bringing success to business’ in your past.

 

When reading through your prospective job description, you have to learn to decipher the underlying cries for help. Liz Ryan, a contributing writer for Forbes Magazine, writes on this very topic. Ryan writes that, “the Essential Requirements on the job ad have little to do with what’s really going on in the department.” It’s your job, now, to make an educated guess about the business pain lurking behind the job ad. You must learn just enough to “let the manager know you’re familiar with the problems he’s struggling with.  If you can reach the hiring manger with a message about the very business pain he’s experiencing, you can have a substantive conversation about pain and its relief.” Three principal business-pain vortices for job-seekers include Pain Letters, Dragon-Slaying Stories, and Pain Interviewing.

 

Ryan goes as far as saying that that job-seekers who “give up trumpeting their fabulousness and zero in on their hiring manager’s pain” do not have to worry about getting their next job….the position has been filled.

 

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/03/10/the-job-seekers-guide-to-business-pain/

May 15th, 2015|Blog|

What is Your Social Media Presence Saying About You?

In the world we live in today, image is everything.  Well, let’s hope it’s not everything.  But, first impressions are definitely very crucial! The term image can be defined as, “the general impression that a person, organization or product presents to the public.” 2015 defines ‘image’ in two simple words: social media.

 

The way in which we present ourselves to the public eye is now much more of a public event than ever before in history.  Thus, just as you methodically and carefully choose what words and photos to post to Facebook in your personal life, your professional image through the lens of social media is just as telling.  Time spent developing your professional image is time spent vying for the future job that you are seeking.  What better venue to highlight yourself professionally than LinkedIn? A business-oriented social networking site that many use to stay connected with clients, former colleagues, and so forth.

 

It’s as easy as creating a profile and adding in some details regarding your education and work experience. However, as easy as it can be to create a LinkedIn account and get started making connections, the process should not be taken lightly.  In the competitive job market of today, your LinkedIn profile is as important as a good resume! The large majority of hiring managers will be looking for you on LinkedIn and combing through your profile. Fail to deliver a well-written and impressive description of yourself and your skillset, and fail to capture the attention of the hiring manager. Take action to ensure that your profile will not result in such a failed attempt at being noticed.

 

At Platinum Resumes, we, too, see the significance of a polished LinkedIn profile. Your potential employers will most likely be taking a close look at your profile and the way in which you are presenting yourself professionally, and we want to see you presenting yourself well! Whether you have little faith in the LinkedIn profile that you have previously created or you are naively starting from scratch, we are here to meet you in that process and ensure that your image via this form of social media will be well-preserved.

 

May 8th, 2015|Blog|

Pack Some POWER in Your Words for the Job Search

Imagine a hiring manager… Long day ahead. Desperately needing to fill the open position in his company, but wanting to find the right person for the job. Piles of resumes on the desk. Not enough time to give each individual document his or her attention. Therefore, the manager must resort to sifting more rapidly through the resumes, stopping only when there is a particular word, phrase or style that catches their attention. So, the question at hand is how to guarantee that your resume will be an attention-grabber?  One that causes the hiring manager to pause and consider you, your talents, your reputation, your potential as a company employee.

 

We’re seasoned at helping our clients do just that! We have studied and researched the ways in which to format and style your resume to stand out. We have seen results after having joined with clients to help amp up their resumes and find the words to properly market themselves in a way that many typical job applicants do not take the time to do.

 

So many times, a better resume boils down to a better series of words. For example, people often talk about how they “led a project”. This is a great asset and can be a good sign to a future employer that you can lead well in the future.  However, everyone uses that phrase.  Everyone uses that word! So, what powerful verb could you put in its place? You “chaired a project”, or “executed a project”, or “conceptualized a project”. Doesn’t that sound like you did so much more than just leading said project?

 

Below are some suggestions for power words that you can use to demonstrate your abilities on your resume. Choose to put in the extra effort and Pack Some Power in Your Words!

 

 

  • Initiated
  • Implemented
  • Launched
  • Conceptualized
  • Eliminated
  • Streamlined
  • Orchestrated
  • Established
  • Incorporated
  • Pioneered
  • Reconciled
  • Boosted
  • Expedited
  • Maximized
  • Outpaced
  • Modified
  • Redesigned
  • Revamped
  • Shaped
  • Forged
  • Quantified

 

 

 

 

https://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome

 

http://www.careerealism.com/top-5-easy-tips-making-resume-stand/

May 1st, 2015|Blog|
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